John Ogu was one of the names on the 15-man Europe-based players list released by the Stephen Keshi-led Super Eagles crew this week and the 24 year-old midfielder believes it is all a dream that he does not want to wake up from.
“Every young boy dreams of putting on the green-white-green of the national team,” Ogu told Goal.com. “But to actually have that dream being fulfilled is another step entirely,” he added.
The Academica de Coimbra midfielder is excited and grateful to God for this opportunity that he has been waiting on for so long.
“I feel great, so excited, and I am so grateful to God.
“Playing For my country has been my dream for so long and now that it is about to happen, it still looks like a dream, but a very good dream at that.
Goal.com sought to know whether the call up will add to his stature at his club but Ogu said he will remain the same, working hard to advance his career.
“Well I don't know if this call up will affect my stature in my club and in Portugal, I am just playing and hoping to help my team do well.
"The season is going not really as planned, but we have still got nine games to the end of the season."
Academica are in 12th position in the 16-team league.
"This season we played In the Europa Cup and finished third in our group behind Athletico Madrid and Viktoria Plzen. We also got to the quarter finals of the Portuguese Cup," he added.
Ogu has made 16 appearances for Academica this season and is yet to score. He transferred from Uniao de Leiria at the end of last season on a free transfer after making 17 appearances and scoring three goals for the relegated club.